Bayelsa has emerged overall winner of the 33rd edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2020), which ended in Jos, Plateau State Capital on Saturday.
Ekiti and River States won the second position while Plateau settled for the third position.
Kano and Enugu States emerged fourth position. Delta, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kaduna States came fifth place.
The one-week cultural fiesta, which opened November 23, had 26 States of the Federation in attendance.
Ekiti, led by its Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Prof. Ojo Rasak Bakare, received the gong on behalf of the state as a symbol of hosting right for NAFEST 2021.
Plateau Governor, Simon B. Lalong, whike declaring the festival closed, commended organisers of NAFEST, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and its Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe for the resilience in ensuring the festival held in spite challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.
He reassured prospective investors and tourists of a lasting peace in the state.
According to him, it was a great honour to host the festival 20 years after it held in the state, stressing he has been vindicated for saying the state will host a memorable event.